Cleaning a two-wheeler may sound like a last-minute affair of washing and drying, but the way you go about doing it is critical. Oh yes, critical! Incorrectly cleaning your two-wheeler can ruin your paint and direct to any two-wheeler owners’ worst nightmare — rust.
If you have washed a four-wheeler yourself, you would understand that all that is got to be done to make it shiny is clean the body and the glass. Two-wheelers contain corners, creases, cables and switchgear unhidden. To add to this, some bikes also have the engine, gearbox and chain on display, all of which require correct cleaning.
One of the very basic but commonly forgotten steps is finding the proper place to wash your two-wheeler. Look for a tiled or shut surface to begin with, avoid soil or else you will end up giving your two-wheeler and yourself a sand bath. Another important tip is to get good drainage or else you will end up splashing the dirty water out of the floor back on to your two-wheeler.
Get a bunch of microfiber towels or regular clean soft fabrics. Consume at least four to be on the safe side, two for the engine, wheels and other mechanicals components when wet/dry, and 2 to get the tank and other bodywork when wet/dry. Having additional rags on hand would also come in handy to wash greasy elements like the forks, underside of the engine and the chain cover.
3. Don’t make it rain
The feeling of having the power of the gods does not mean you need to bring down a rainstorm on your own two-wheeler. If you do have a pressurised washer, then adjust it to a lower setting before you begin spraying. Start wetting the bike from top to bottom and avoid direct contact with electrical and mechanical stains in first. Adjust to the lowest setting for all these regions and totally avoid pressure washing on an older motorcycle — a moist cloth should do the job just fine in this situation.
4. Keep the fuel in the tank
Avoid using detergents intended for utensils on your two-wheeler. These products have chemicals that may harm the paint. Gas like diesel is utilized on a huge scale to wash two-wheelers in India, even though it does a quick job at cleaning up your bike, it hurts the paint indefinitely. Stick to automotive shampoos at all costs.
5. The complete job
Every single corner on your two-wheeler has to be cleaned thoroughly. Regions between the engine and the gas system may be difficult to achieve but a simple toothbrush could work wonders. Cleaning every talked in an older motorcycle may seem tedious but will prove to be extremely rewarding.
6. Bone dry
When drying your motorcycle, be certain to use a clean cloth and start with the bodywork and then proceed to the remaining bits. As we said before, best to have another cloth for your bodywork and the mechanicals. Since the majority of us don’t have access to pressured-air, it is best to take a quick spin on a fresh street so that air can dry out the aforementioned corners and creases. A neat final touch will be applying a thin coating of Vaseline on chrome components to protect them, especially if you live close to the sea or ride in the monsoon.